Scientists Create the First 'Bionic Man'

Built using artificial organs, this bionic man has a beating heart, working kidney, lungs, and pancreas - it can also hear and see It has between 60 to 60 per cent of normal human functions.The term 'bionic man' was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called 'The Six Million Dollar Man' chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts after he nearly died. Now, a team of engineers has assembled a robot using artificial organs, limbs and other body parts that comes tantalizingly close to a true 'bionic man.' For real, this time.The artificial 'man' is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. Called "The Incredible Bionic Man," it chronicles engineers' attempt to assemble a functioning body using artificial parts that range from a working kidney and circulation system to cochlear and retina implants.

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